identification documents

Male, female or X? Illinois legislators approve third gender option for ID documents

The bill now goes to Gov. JB Pritzker.

May 30, 2019 - 4:08 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFTK) — The Illinois General Assembly approved Wednesday a bill that would allow Illinoisans to choose a non-binary gender marker on their drivers' licenses or state IDs.

Now HB3534 is on its way to Gov. JB Pritzker's desk after receiving a 67-38 vote in the House in April and a 39-16 vote in the Senate this week.

The legislation, sponsored by freshman Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-Downers Grove) and Sen. Cristina Castro (D-Elgin), would make the third gender option available only after the Secretary of State implements an updated license and identification card issuance system.

According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, of the 1,082 Illinois residents who responded, 34% reported being verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave or were assaulted after revealing indentification documents with a name or photo that did not match their gender presentation.

If this legislation is signed by Pritzker, Illinois will join 11 states plus Washington D.C. in offering a non-binary marker on identity documents, according to Reuters. Currently Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and Washington state provide a third gender option for their residents' drivers' licenses, birth certificates and state IDs.

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